There are some things that just have to be done every year in the lead up to Christmas, ice skating and visiting Santa are two of them. We thought for a bit of a change we'd go somewhere different to do them this year and we decided to go to Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold which is one of the biggest garden centres in the UK.
They have an outdoor Christmas Ice Rink every year and you don't need to worry about the weather as it does have a roof. The ice rink opened on the 22nd November and runs until the 4th January, it's open 7 days a week and has some evening sessions too. Don't worry if you have little ones as they're catered for, there are several skate aid frames and push along skate aids available on a first come first served basis and they're priced separately.
We weren't sure what the kids would think about ice skating as they're only 4 and 1 but they loved it, we spent ages whizzing around the rink with them on the push along skate aid and they didn't want to stop.
The kids wore special skates that went on over their own shoes and were much easier to walk on so they felt safer on the ice.
We had so much fun skating, I'd definitely take the kids to do it again and prices start at just £6 per person for 45 minutes.
After our skating session we went to the Christmas Cafe for a hot chocolate and a muffin which are just £3 if you pre-order for before or after your skate. We also had some lunch in there later on and the food was delicious and really reasonably priced.
After our stop off at the cafe we went to see Santa in his Winter Wonderland Grotto, Riley has always been really scared of Santa and Summer had never met him before so we weren't sure how this was going to go. We were greeted by a very friendly elf who gave the kids stickers with their names on and set off into the Winter Wonderland.
We walked along a little path through lots of lovely winter scenery and then went in to meet Santa, he was really good with the kids and Riley wasn't scared which was so nice to see. Riley told him his name and what he wanted for Christmas and Santa asked him if he'd been good to which he replied "Yes!" then Santa asked him to make sure he left Rudolph a carrot out on Christmas Eve as he needs all his energy to fly the sleigh.
After we had finished chatting with Santa we had our photo taken which you can buy afterwards if you would like to and Santa told us to go through a door into his warehouse and choose any toy they wanted. We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw the shelves and shelves of toys waiting for us, there was so much to choose from the kids were spoilt for choice. It certainly made a change from the usual dodgy pre-wrapped colouring books that you normally get, we were very impressed.
It costs £7 to see Santa and I think it was worth every penny, it was by far our best Santa experience yet and that's including seeing Santa at Centre Parcs.
After Santa we had a walk around the garden centre to look at the animals in the pet shop and the beautiful Christmas decorations, we were there for pretty much the whole day and I can honestly say we enjoyed every minute of it.
We were invited to try out the ice rink and visit Santa for free but all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.